Bobbin, bobbin,whose got the bobbin!

  • Advertise with us
Project by woodbutcher posted 01-22-2009 11:10 PM 2204 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Knot like no other

This piece of Brazilian Cherry had been standing proudly alone for quite sometime in front of my small exotic woods bin. I wouldn’t use it, on several occasions for other projects, I had picked it up and admired the singularity of its’ shape. I knew always that it was one half of a strong beating heart. Then as unassumingly as one could imagine a confluence of needs arose which simultaneously begged that it be incorporated into something magnificent!
There was my wife’s request that I construct something to house her sewing paraphernalia, and then a challenge from Lumberjocks, the fate of the Knots use had become sealed. It was my most prized piece of wood in the shop. There was nothing less that could be used; there would be no substitutions this time! So to the bandsaw I rushed to slice open this most beautiful one half a heart Knot and allow the book matching to take place, which would then show how I had in fact put my whole heart into, creating something unique and original enough to satisfy the needs of my beloved. What better purpose in this world could this Knot serve!
So after all the melodrama, I used the bookmatched knot as the center of the sewing box. Since it was for sewing, I thought the box should resemble a sewing-thing. Hence the bobbin look! I assumed that you could hide a lot of things in a bobbin so I’m entering it in A Secret Compartment also. After building 16 drawers inside the bobbin, I still wasn’t sure these were really Secret so I made one other Secret compartment in the middle of the bobbins turned spindle. Everything is solid Canary wood or Brazilian Cherry. The dimensions are 34 ½” tall by 18” diameter. I’m Knot sure what it is exactly other than a carousel, table, dropping bobbin, sewing, box. This was a lot of fun to build and required a lot of firsts for me! Hope you like the colors, that’s all the tung oil would allow.

-- woodbutcher north carolina

14 comments so far

View Thos. Angle's profile

Thos. Angle

4444 posts in 4570 days

#1 posted 01-22-2009 11:51 PM

absolutely unique! and very finely crafted. beautiful!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

View lew's profile


12938 posts in 4363 days

#2 posted 01-23-2009 01:57 AM

Now that is COOL!!!

Good Luck in the contest!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View Woodhacker's profile


1139 posts in 4331 days

#3 posted 01-23-2009 03:26 AM

Nice design and great choice of woods.

Thanks for posting it, and for the explanation

-- Martin, Kansas

View ND2ELK's profile


13495 posts in 4382 days

#4 posted 01-23-2009 03:32 AM

Equisite detail and design! You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

View 4hisglory's profile


73 posts in 4058 days

#5 posted 01-23-2009 05:41 AM

Beautiful piece.

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~

View woodbutcher's profile


592 posts in 4774 days

#6 posted 01-23-2009 08:03 AM

You Lumberjocks are just too kind! And I appreciate immensely your taking the time to view and comment on my entry into the contest. I know what true craftsmen and artists you all are. In fact viewing your projects has been such an inspiration in the past that it led me to actually enter one of the challenges. Again I thank you for all your encouraging words.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

View Douglas Krueger's profile

Douglas Krueger

416 posts in 4331 days

#7 posted 01-23-2009 05:03 PM

Great story and a fine piece of craftsmanship to back it up. The wood is beautiful and I really enjoy seeing ‘one of a kind’ designs. thanks for sharing

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

View douginaz's profile


220 posts in 4610 days

#8 posted 01-24-2009 09:50 PM

Very imaginative. Nicely done.
Doug in AZ.

-- If you need craft books - please visit our small business at

View motthunter's profile


2141 posts in 4407 days

#9 posted 01-25-2009 04:31 PM

what type of mechanism open and closes it? Ever thought of making a video so we can understand the construction a bit better. I love this piece

-- making sawdust....

View woodbutcher's profile


592 posts in 4774 days

#10 posted 01-26-2009 01:35 AM

Douglas Krueger=Ty Sir, my wife had chosen the Canary wood and I just couldn’t build it with one type, since the Knot I wanted to use was in Brazilian Cherry-LOL-douginaz-my imagination is what got me into this and I wasn’t sure I was gonna get it done a couple of times!-motthunter-You have to manually lift and lower the cylinder, which is guided by four rils on the inside, with two rails being about 1/2” longer than the other two and are cross drilled on an angle, to accept two pinned thimbles. I believe in the first picture, you can actually see one of the thimbles that lock it in the up position just at the bottom of the center Canary wood ring, it’s turned sideways. And believe it or not my production of a video would be even more confusing!!! I don’t have any real dimensions to work with other than the overalls that took upon completion. I do have a lot of single pics’ of it under construction if you need to see any thing internal and would be glad to send them to you if you’d like. just let me know. Thank you all for your having taken the time to view and comment.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

View naomi weiss's profile

naomi weiss

207 posts in 4001 days

#11 posted 10-01-2009 01:18 AM

WOW. I don’t think i’ve ever seen wood work like that! Amazing! Do you have a link to all the gory details?

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

View Karson's profile


35210 posts in 5008 days

#12 posted 10-01-2009 02:39 AM

A great looking project. I’m sorry I didn’t see this during the contest.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

View woodbutcher's profile


592 posts in 4774 days

#13 posted 10-01-2009 04:24 AM

naomi weiss Ty for the compliment, I was hoping that you would have been able to see the other project entry which was “A Secret Compartment” it is in my project portfolio also and looks very similar to this entry. It actually shows the round bearing surface which allows this monstrosity to spin easily. on your Jefferson book stand, all that would be needed is for someone to take the square bottom piece and turn a small round bearing surface on one face and insert a centered dowel, any length, drill a corresponding dowel hole in the other square bottm, it can be done in just a very few minutes. then the entire top portion of your book stand would sit on the waxed bearing surface and turn effortlessly. Wish I could draw a picture for you. I’m afraid my wordy description my be some what inept in conveying the image I have of a solution for you! There was no blog of this project so, there is not a link to the gory details, Sorry. If I can be of any further help please let me know.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

View woodbutcher's profile


592 posts in 4774 days

#14 posted 10-01-2009 04:27 AM

Ty Sir. I wish you had seen it during the contest also-LOL. I needed a lot more votes than I got-LOL. TY again for taking the time to view and comment.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics